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Typhoon  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 564
Unitary Cost: EUR€90 million   (USD$95 million)
Also Known As: C-16, EF-2000A, Eurofighter, FGR4, Project Salam and Typhoon F2
Origin: Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom
Corporations: Airbus Group, Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems and Eurofighter GmbH*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Eurofighter
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 570
Total Cost: USD$60 billion
Family Members: Typhoon T
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Description: The Typhoon, formerly known as Eurofighter, is a twin-engine, delta-canard, multi-role fighter designed to perform a wide variety of missions. It will perform dogfight and beyond visual range air-to-air engagements, as well as air-to-ground/surface missions employing precision guided bombs and missiles. These missions will be carried out in all-weather conditions, day/night and in heavy countermeasures environments. The Typhoon has been designed to perform take off and landing operations on short runways (700 meters). The Typhoon multi-role fighter will feature a high survivability thanks to EuroDASS integrated defensive system and low aircraft radar and infrared signatures. The Meteor long range air-to-air missile will help to achieve improved survivability increasing air-to-air engagement ranges and conferring first-shot capability against current non-stealth aircraft. This advanced missile will also improve air defense performance of the Typhoon multi-role fighter.

The CAPTOR pulse-Doppler radar and PIRATE Infrared sensor will provide multi-spectral situational awareness. The CAPTOR will provide air-to-air and air-to-surface modes and PIRATE will provide detection capability against stealth aircraft and missiles as well as Infrared search and track capability for dogfight engagements. The Typhoon aircraft has 13 external load stations and an internally mounted 27mm BK 27 gun. Typically the Typhoon will carry two external fuel tanks and the remaining hard points will be used to load weaponry or pods. It will be capable of load a wide range of weaponry such as IRIS-T, ASRAAM, AIM-120, Meteor, Sidewinder, Taurus, Storm Shadow, Brimstone, HARM, Harpoon, Mavercik ALARM, ANF, and Armiger missiles and Paveway, JDAM, SDB, and AASM bombs.

The single-seat Typhoon multi-role fighter will be able to perform surveillance, air defense, deep strike, close air support, anti-ship, and reconnaissance missions. The United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain have plans to purchase up to 620 Typhoons, excluding options. Greece and Austria intend to purchase 60+30 and 24 Typhoons respectively. The new aircraft will replace Jaguar, Mirage F1, F-4, MiG-29, F-104, F-5, and Tornado aircraft in service in many European Air Forces beginning in 2003 through 2014. As of December 2004, the first batch of Typhoon fighter aircraft was being executed with 34 of the 148 aircraft already delivered to the four-nation Air Forces and some 50 in the final assembly expected to be delivered soon. The second tranche, comprising 236 aircraft, was being negotiated between the four partner nations.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the second tranche of Eurofighter-Typhoon aircraft was signed between NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) and Eurofighter Jagdflugzeuge GmbH on December 17, 2004. The agreement worth €14 billion will deliver 236 multi-role standard Eurofighter aircraft featuring new software and state-of-the-art weaponry. Of the 236 aircraft to be manufactured under second batch United Kingdom will receive 89, Germany 68, Italy 46 and Spain 33. In Addition, the first export customer, Austria, will receive 18 tranche 2 Eurofighters with multi-role air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities. Deliveries will occur from 2008 onwards.

EADS announced on 14-Feb-2005 that the first single-seater Eurofighter intended for air defense missions was officially handed over to the German Air Force. The single-seater aircraft features direct voice input technology to reduce the pilot workload. The Spanish Air Force received the first single-seater Eurofighter in December 2004. The Italian Air Force took delivery of single-seater aircraft in January 2005. As of February 2005, 30 Eurofighter in both configurations single and twin-seater aircraft had been delivered to the four partner nations: Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom. EADS Military Aircraft handed over the first full operational single-seat Eurofighter/Typhoon to German Air Force, Luftwaffe, Fighter Wing 73 (JG 73) 'Steinhoff' in Laage near Rostock on Friday, April 8, 2005. This first aircraft was fitted for a wide range of air defense missions and was the 35th aircraft delivered under Eurofighter's Tranche 1 contract. On 31 March 2006 the RAF announced the formation of the 3(F) Squadron equipped with Typhoon multi-mission aircraft near coinciding with the anniversary of the RAF formation on 1 April 1918. The first Typhoon-equipped squadron is based at RAF Conningsby in Lincolnshire.

Typhoon Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Service Life Flight Hours: 6,000
Area
Wing Area: 50 square meter (538 square foot)
Dimensions
Height: 5.28 meter (17.3 foot)
Length: 16.0 meter (52 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 27 millimeter
Wingspan: 11.1 meter (36.4 foot)
Performance
Ceiling: 55,000 foot (16,764 meter)
Max Range: 2,778 kilometer (1,500 nautical mile)
Radius of Operation: 1,350 kilometer (729 nautical mile)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 1.10 mach (1,315 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2 mach (2,391 kph)
Weight
Empty Weight: 9,999 kilogram (22,044 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 40,500 pound (18,371 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 23,000 kilogram (50,705 pound)
Payload: 6,500 kilogram (14,330 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Typhoon News

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Monday, September 18, 2017Qatar Signs Agreement to Buy 24 Typhoon Multirole Fighters
Wednesday, September 13, 2017British Army to Develop Icarus Active Protection System
Friday, July 14, 2017RAF Typhoon Successfully Completes First Live Firing of Brimstone Missile
Leonardo to Upgrade Praetorian Defensive Suite for RAF Typhoon Jets
Friday, June 23, 2017Royal Air Force of Oman Takes Delivery of First Typhoon Fighter Aircraft
Tuesday, April 25, 2017Typhoon Successfully Test Fires Two Meteor Missiles Simultaneously
Tuesday, April 11, 2017Italian Air Force Takes Delivery of 500th Typhoon Fighter Jet
Monday, March 13, 2017Successful Brimstone Weapon Integration Flight Trials continue for Typhoon
Wednesday, September 28, 2016Kuwait Selects Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod for Integration on Eurofighter Typhoon Jet
Tuesday, August 16, 2016UK MoD Orders Additional ASRAAM Missiles to Equip Typhoon and F-35B Jets

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Austria15
YearHoldings
201415
200915
200810
20072
Germany143
Original order was for 180 but reduced to only 143
YearHoldings
2016122
2015111
201490
Feb 2013100
201289all variants
201172
201055
200950
200846
200737
200626all variants
Italy96
Original order was for 121 aircraft but reduced to only 96
YearHoldings
201471
200726
Kuwait22
Aircraft ordered in September 2015
Oman12
Aircraft ordered in December 2012 (12) to be delivered by 2017
Qatar24
Agreement reached in September 2017
Saudi Arabia72
YearHoldings
201432
Spain73
The procurement of 87 Eurofighters by the Spanish Air Force was valued at 7.86 billion Euro but the program's scope was reduced to 73 aircraft
YearHoldings
201451
201030
200718
United Kingdom160
Original order was for 232 aircraft but has been limited to 160
YearHoldings
2020107Typhoon and Typhoon T RAF estimate in December 2010 with five squadrons equipped with 20 aircraft each
2016136
2015133
201495
Jan 2013100Typhoon and Typhoon T1
2012105Typhoon and Typhoon T1
201185Typhoon and Typhoon T1
201070Typhoon and Typhoon T1
200855Typhoon and Typhoon T1
200750Typhoon and Typhoon T1
200638Typhoon and Typhoon T1

Grand Total 70710
Cannons & Gear
BK 27x1
Strikerx1
Defensive Weapons
AIM-120C AMRAAMx4
AIM-132 ASRAAMx2
Brimstonex6
EGBU-27 Paveway IIIx6
GBU-16 Paveway IIx4
GBU-49 Paveway IIx6
IRIS-Tx2
Meteorx4
Paveway IVx6
Offensive Weapons
PILUM
Spear 3x4
Storm Shadowx2
Taurus KEPD 350x2
Propulsion Systems
EJ200x2
Protection Systems
Ariel Mk IIx2
BOLx1
EuroDASSx1
Sensor Systems
CAESARx1
CAPTORx1
LITENING IIIx1
PANTERAx1
PIRATEx1
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